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Manganese

Is a trace mineral that is present in tiny amounts in the body. It is found mostly in bones, the liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Manganese helps the body form connective tissue, bones, blood clotting factors, and sex hormones. It also plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation. Manganese is also necessary for healthy brain and nerve function.

Manganese is a component of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD), which helps fight free radicals. Free radicals occur naturally in the body but can damage cell membranes and DNA. They may play a role in ageing, as well as the development of a number of health conditions, including heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants, such as SOD, can help neutralise free radicals and reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.

Low levels of manganese in the body can contribute to infertility, bone malformation, weakness, and seizures. 

Benefits

Manganese may help some of the following conditions:

Osteoporosis

Manganese is one of several trace elements (including vanadium and boron) that are necessary for bone health. There is no specific evidence that manganese can prevent osteoporosis, but one study found that taking a combination of calcium, zinc, copper, and manganese helped lessen spinal bone.

Arthritis

Dogs with arthritis tend to have low levels of SOD (an antioxidant that helps protect the joints from damage during inflammation). Some experts theorise that manganese may increase SOD levels, but there is no proof that it helps treat arthritis. 

Diabetes

Some studies seem to show that dogs with diabetes have low levels of manganese in their blood. But researchers don’t know if having diabetes causes levels to drop, or whether low levels of manganese contribute to developing diabetes. One clinical study found that dogs with diabetes who had higher blood levels of manganese were more protected from LDL or “bad” cholesterol than those with lower levels of manganese.

Epilepsy

Several clinical studies suggest that dogs who have seizure disorders have lower levels of manganese in their blood. But researchers don’t know if having seizures causes low levels of manganese, or whether low levels of manganese contribute to having seizures.

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